Former New York Rangers forward Sean Avery is reportedly off the market. According to the NY Post’s Page Six, Avery and fashion model Hilary Rhoda recently got engaged.
Avery and Rhoda have supposedly had an on-and-off relationship for years, having most recently reconciled this past May. Rhoda’s mother and manager Marianne told the NY Post’s Richard Johnson “no comment” when asked about the engagement, though Johnson said a friend told him Rhoda is “thrilled” about it.
The report may come as a surprise to some who believed recent rumors about Avery being gay. Back in September, a gossip site claimed Avery had secretly gotten engaged to Bravo TV host Andy Cohen, who is openly gay. Both Avery and Cohen joked about the rumors and denied them. In 2011, Avery was the first NHL player to speak out in favor of marriage equality in New York and extend support for gay professional athletes.
Rhoda is one of the many stunning young women that have been linked to New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez in the past.
Congrats to the happy couple — assuming the rumor is true. And they’re, you know, happy.